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    Choosing a Water Colour Surface

    When you use water based media, good results rely almost as much on the paper surface as on the quality of the colour used. A paper must provide a suitable surface for painting in terms of absorbency, colour and long-term stability.

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    Tips for choosing a surface for pastels

    The beauty of pastel is best exploited by using a paper with some degree of texture; not only because the pastel has a surface to adhere to but because the visual effects are more varied than when using smooth sheets.

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    The importance of stretching Water Colour paper

    If you intend using a lot of water in your water colour painting, then it is important to stretch your paper before starting to avoid cockling - this is where the sheet wrinkles and forms ridges that are almost impossible...